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Jake Arrieta aiming for 100 pitches in final rehab outing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta hopes to reach the 100-pitch mark in his next rehab start, slated for Monday at Class A Daytona. He told MLB.com he would like to reach that point in what should be his final rehab start after overcoming shoulder tightness that bothered him in the spring.

"I want to get out there and get up to 100 pitches and kind of fine tune and refine some things, and hopefully, that'll be the last stop," Arrieta said.

Arrieta has allowed just one run on six hits and four walks in 12 1/3 innings in his first three rehab outings, and has been sitting the low- to mid-90's with his fastball as he nears his return.

"I'm right where I need to be," he said.

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Anthony Rizzo leaves early with back spasms
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was forced out of Saturday's game against the Reds after eight innings due to back spasms. He felt it in his final at-bat, and the Cubs opted to take him out early as a precaution.

"It just started barking on me in the fifth or sixth, and once we took the four-run lead, I [decided to] play with more caution than go up there, get another at-bat and go out on the field and hurt it even more," Rizzo told MLB.com after the game.

Rizzo also said he felt it Friday, but does not expect it to be a lingering issue. He thinks he will be able to play in Sunday's game.

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Brendan Ryan dealing with mild tightness in hamstring
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan (oblique) was unable to play in an extended spring training game on Saturday because of mild tightness in his hamstring, The Journal News reports. However he did take six simulated at-bats without running despite the minor setback.

"His hamstring was a little tight I think, but that's probably normal," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think all guys probably go through it in spring training. We thought we'd be cautious and say, just take your at-bats and don’t run."

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Kurt Suzuki slugs first longball as a DH
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki moved out from behind the plate Saturday, appearing in his first game as a designated hitter in a 5-4 loss to the Royals.

Suzuki went 2 for 4 in the game and used the extra rest to hit his first home run of the season. He drove in three runs total, adding a two-run single in the fifth to his fourth-inning solo shot.

Suzuki is now hitting .277/.375/.383 in 14 games played, and now ranks second on the team with 12 RBI.

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John Lannan accepts Triple-A assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Mets pitcher John Lannan has accepted his assignment and will report to Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced Saturday.

Lannan made five appearances with the Mets before being designated for assignment, going 1-0 but allowing seven earned runs and three home runs in four innings.

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Logan Schafer dealing with hamstring injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer is dealing with a hamstring issue suffered in Thursday's game and is unlikely to be available Saturday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

"It’s a lot better today than it was yesterday," Schafer said Saturday. "I’ve never had any problems with my hammy or anything. It was a little weird. I’m just getting treatment and staying on top of it."

The team hopes Schafer will be available Sunday, but if he can't go, the Brewers will likely make a roster move Sunday, with Schafer figuring to go to the disabled list.

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Francisley Bueno, Tim Collins making progress
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

A pair of Royals relievers tossed side sessions Friday, as they continue their recoveries from injury. Tim Collins (elbow) and Francisley Bueno (hand) both threw their full complements of pitches, and manager Ned Yost told MLB.com he came away impressed with their progress.

"Collins felt great; Bueno still felt his finger on occasion on changeups, not fastballs or sliders," Yost said. "They're both making good progress."

 Both players are eligible to return from the disabled list Friday, though it is not clear if they will do so immediately.

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Billy Butler finally goes for extra bases
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Royals first baseman Billy Butler told MLB.com before Saturday's game he has been feeling better at the plate recently. He went out and proved it in the game, as he picked up his first extra-base hit of the season in a 5-4 win over the Twins.

Butler went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to four games. He clubbed a double and scored a run in the game, told reporters he is where he wants to be at the plate after opening the season with an extended cold streak.

"That's where I need to stay. That's what got me to this point," Butler said. "That's where I need to stay and that's what I'm going to do. Got to stay there."  

Even after picking up two hits, Butler is hitting just .193/.273/.211 in 57 at-bats. He hit .289 with 41 extra-base hits a year ago. 

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Michael Cuddyer out Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Cuddyer took about 25 swings in batting practice and said he's "not too tight," but he's not expected to play off the bench in Saturday's game, the Denver Post reports. He is nursing a hamstring cramp.

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Bruce Chen gets help for first win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen was able to make his start, as expected, Saturday against the Twins, after being scratched from his previously scheduled outing with glute tightness.  

Chen made it through five innings and did not seem to be troubled much by the injury. He struggled even when healthy, however, allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks. He struck out six, which helped limited the damage despite allowing so many baserunners.

Chen got enough help offensively to earn the 5-4 win, thanks to a five-run fourth inning. He is now 1-1 with a 6.60 ERA heading into his next start, scheduled for Thursday in Cleveland. 

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